Comments on: Going Mainsteam: A Three Step Plan in Taking Steampunk to the Masses http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/ An online home for the steampunk movement in all its forms. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:28:47 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Mr. Robbins http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-9874 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:38:46 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-9874 In response to Danny Ray and many others, I believe Steampunk has already become mainstream in the sense that you can now buy cheap, mass-produced Halloween costumes that are specifically targeting the Steampunk genre, such as on, http://www.partycity.com/search.do?query=steampunk
And although some would not be clear on the term ‘Steampunk’, they would know it if they saw it. Welcome to the masses in mass-produced products.

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By: Danny Ray http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-1244 Sat, 13 Aug 2011 03:29:10 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-1244 I truly hope Steampunk never hits the masses. It should be held in esteem as is your favorite book, coffee, or clothing haunt. Passing it over to the big box shopping set will most definatly pollute the quiet, although not so subtle, honesty of the whole mindset that is Steampunk. I just can’t see it maintaining its integrity by becoming massed produced nor would I like to see the interpretation by any place ending in “mart”!
“That which ceases to be rare, ceases to be special.”

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By: Luke http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-1231 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 01:02:12 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-1231 I tend to classify everything that deals with hyperadvanced tech in an unadvanced world as steampunk, with various subgenres, such as clockpunk, if necessary. The main exception would be cyberpunk, since it has gathered enough *heh, heh* steam to be defined by itself.

Also, another thing that steampunk needs is a name for its fans.

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By: Ralph http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-1229 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:46:15 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-1229 I have recently found Steampunk, and have a hard time explaining what it is to others. In fact, I have a hard time understanding it verbally myself. I “get it”, but it’s very vague and intangible. I’m researching more and more about it. Thanks for the 3 steps you listed to help explain it. I am a rubber-stamper, and would love to try my hand at creating Steampunk art with my rubber stamps – perhaps cards, boxes, or shrink art. I have not tried Polymer Clay yet, but think it would fit right in. I’m also interested in trying some Steampunk novels. I also love the victorian times, although the Painted Ladies are more to my liking, as well as the frocks of the times. Haven’t thought about “motion” in that era, but now my eyes have been opened. Thanks!

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By: Steve http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-1130 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 04:03:26 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-1130 I just finished reading Phoenix Rising a week or so ago. It was a fun romp.

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By: danielle http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-1124 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:14:53 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-1124 I think steampunk is very interesting, I am just learning about it.Also learning that I’ve been a fan of steampunk and wasn’t aware of it! Another thing which I’ m a fan of is being an individual.So it’s great people express themselves through a genre such as steampunk! hope it does become more well known too and replace some of the boring clothes people wear now he he!

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By: Noisy Ninja http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-977 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:13:39 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-977 Love the article! Thanks for supplying me with a few more resources! I agree with you that micro-managing steampunk is a bad idea (with, I think, the exception of cyberpunk, which has a wholly different aesthetic and philosophy). I’ve been loving the literature and fashions of the victorian era for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered the steampunk sub-culture. I think it is the tendency of any such group to instinctively draw lines around itself, since they often find opposition among mainstream groups, but I agree that inclusiveness and solidarity would only help the cause. Frankly, I don’t see why steampunk and lolita shouldn’t play together! There are so many wonderful ways to mix and match various genres, it would be a shame to keep anything “pure.”

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By: Karl Reutling http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-976 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 01:31:42 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-976 sorry for the typos. proof reading would help me. ha.
Moderator: feel free to edit and delete. karl

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By: Karl Reutling http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-971 Sun, 10 Jul 2011 22:10:30 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-971 I am almost 65yrs old, and havce just discovered that I am, and have been, closet steampunk all of my life. Heck, I am old enough to have almost lived it! This article simply reinforces all of my thoghts to this point. In a way, I hope that steampunk does not become “mainstream,” as I tend to like iconoclastic things before they become icons. ie. I was riding Harley Davidsons when they leaked oil and broke down all the time. Anyway, as a newbie, i am loving all this “discovery” of what I have liked all my life! Write on!

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By: B Blane http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-939 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 10:32:38 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-939 Really great article.
I actually make some one of a kind original steampunk jewellery. I’d love it if you could check some of my pieces out at:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefreshBelfast

Many thanks
B

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By: Dawson The Tinker http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-840 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:34:42 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-840 I have to say bravo to many of your points here. The most common question I field and struggle with is “What do you DO?” Often people just don’t understand the point of Steampunk.

The community I’m trying to become a part of is very “We are steampunk here us roar” and can be exclusive to those wish to dabble (most of the population) and down right derisive to those who try to mesh steampunk with everyday modernity. I’ve yet to understand why this is so, but I know not all places are like that (thank goodness for teh internet).

That said, the key to becoming part of the mainstream is to allow yourself to be mainstreamed. Not many people will make the connection that the new Sherlock Holmes movie is steampunk….but it is. And I have heard steampunk people argue vociferously that it’s not “steampunk enough to be called steampunk”.

If we can but accept that elements of steampunk are becoming mainstream and understand that some of the more extreme parts of the culture may not…we might well be able to ramp up the momentum on the things that will.

Just two cents from a hapless wanderer.

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By: Norm http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-827 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:43:38 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-827 Good explanation. I also like the idea of alternate history. I find that a lot of people go overboard and much of what they come out with is not plausible. I like to look at a steampunk device and say to myself, “hey… This could actually work…

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By: Rabscuttle http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-825 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:57:58 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-825 Thanks for this article. I am one of those newbies in the learning phase. It is quite daunting, and while I am strongly attracted to the costumery, the prospect of showing up at a steampunk con and being “good enough” is very intimidating. Trying to overcome that is probably the biggest barrier I see to participatory mainstreaming.

The broad definition is both a blessing and a curse. It’s so great to have so much freedom of personal expression, and so many options, but also hard to know where to start when I look at all the different sub-genres, throw up my hands, and cry out, “I love it all!!” :)

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By: Melanie R. Meadors http://www.steampunk.com/going-mainsteam-a-three-step-plan-in-taking-steampunk-to-the-masses/comment-page-1/#comment-824 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:42:17 +0000 http://www.steampunk.com/?p=1246#comment-824 Loved this article! I did find that I had to come up with an elevator pitch for steampunk, and then also, if someone asked online, I would supply them with a “one-stop” link. I have found that most of the people I come across are genuinely interested in steampunk, and I even discovered someone who just blew it off saying, “that’s dumb,” hiding in the closet reading to find out more.

Onward! :)

Melanie

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